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About Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated


The Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi became incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 on the 19th of December 1988, as Te Rūnanganui o Ngāti Kahungunu Incorporated. Six years later the authority, although financially strong, experienced political challenges that its governing body was unable to overcome on its own. After a short period, the organization was reborn on 9 December 1996 under the name Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. A newly elected Board resumed control of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi affairs in May 1997. In 1998 the Board commissioned a team, comprising of Moana Jackson, Mereana Pitman and Mere Ruru assisted by Taanga Lawrence to undertake a constitutional review of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. Their report, "Mā Te Rango Te Waka Ka Rere" is available at most libraries in New Zealand or on request from Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.


Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is a mandated iwi organisation with the authority to represent the people of Ngāti Kahungunu and is the Governing body for all aspects of Iwi development.


Ngāti Kahungunu has the third-largest Iwi population, The 2013 NZ Census and Local Government statistics show that 61,626 people or 9.2 percent of the Māori population, belong to Ngāti Kahungunu. A large percentage of Kahungunu people reside outside the traditional iwi boundaries. Many more, not included in the census count, reside overseas. Geographically, Ngāti Kahungunu has the second largest tribal rohe in the country, from the Wharerata Ranges in the Wairoa District extending to the Remutaka Range in South Wairarapa. The coastal boundaries are Paritū in the North to Tūrakirae in the South.

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is a Charitable Organisation
The organisation's registered charitable number is CC45366 and our charitable objectives are as follows:
  • Promote or assist the education of members of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

  • Promote the custody and preservation of the beliefs customs and language of Ngāti Kahungunu.

  • Promote the social and economic welfare and advancement and vocational training of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi.

  • Promote community and personal physical, spiritual and mental health & fitness and raise the living standards of members of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

  • Promote high-quality communications to or for the benefit of members of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

2026 Vision

In September 2001 Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated met with Kahungunu whānau at marae (marae hikoi), taiwhenua (Board meetings), and a number of hui to allow whānau to share their aspirations and contribute to the 25 year vision (to 2026) for Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi. Information from these hui was gathered and collated into the Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi 25 Year Vision. The organisation continues to align their Annual Plans and work projects to the 2026 Vision. Click here to view the Vision (25 year plan).

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